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March 28, 2010

Some thoughts on what's ahead

-- Even as bad as the Toronto Raptors' defense is, I'm surprised they blew that big lead in Miami. I'll no longer be surprised if they're the team to slip out of the playoff teams in the East. I'm NOT saying they will lose to the Bobcats Monday. Just saying they're fading, and I didn't see that coming even more than the Bulls.

-- I think the Bobcats end up playing the Orlando Magic in the first round, which is not what they would want. You'll hear a lot from the players about how they don't care who they play. More power to them. But the Magic causes all sorts of matchup problems. It's not just Dwight Howard (although that's quite enough). It's all the shooters who surround him and spread the floor.

The only matchup worse for the Bobcats would be the Boston Celtics, who have embarrassed them in each game this season.

-- Among the Bobcats' potential playoff opponents, who they'd best match up with:

1. The Atlanta Hawks (they'd have a real chance to win it in six games).

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (don't be fooled by the regular-season record. They're deep and dangerous. Bobcats would lose in five.)

3. Boston Celtics (They remind me of the Denver Broncos with John Elway; yes, they're old. Yes, their championship window is closing. But you want no part of them until they're broken up.)

And finally some links:

The people I'd read if you want to keep up with the competition:

Cleveland Cavaliers: Brian Windhorst, Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The beat-writer's beat writer. Energetic, savvy, connected.

Orlando Magic: For gamers, Brian Schimitz of the Orlando Sentinel. For blogs, quick news, etc., Tania Ganguli, also of the Sentinel.

Boston Celtics: Jessica Camerato at weei.com. There's been huge turnover at the Boston newspapers, and in that void, Jess knows what's going on with the Cs.

Atlanta Hawks: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has fallen on hard times. So Sekou Smith (former Hawks beat writer, now Atlanta-based nba.com guy) is your best bet.

Milwaukee Bucks: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel continues to be a great resource.

Miami Heat: Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel could write the manual on beat-reporting.

Charlotte Bobcats: I hear there's some guy from the Charlotte Observer who's been around and knows the drill.

Toronto Raptors: Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. Funny, entertaining and joins me as the last true fans of the Buffalo Braves. And he mourned the fire at Ri-Ra, by the way.

Chicago Bulls: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune is great, and it's not easy replacing Sam Smith as the voice on the NBA in Chicago. 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 PM | Permalink


Just curious: is that "potential playoff opponents" list in order from best chance to least likely? If so, and the #2 spot is expected to take us in five, should I infer that you think Boston will sweep us?

Either way, I'm too excited about the postseason to worry about mismatches right now. PLAYOFFS, BABY! GET EXCITED!


Posted by: Newsinz | Mar 29, 2010 9:28:56 AM

Didn't the Bobcats beat the Magic without Gerald Wallace the last time they played? Last I checked the Bobcats are a matchup problem for the Magic. I see a bunch of guys who can drive the ball to the basketball. Outside of Dwight Howard defensively, I think Vince Carter, who plays no D, would have a tough time with Jack, Gerald Wallace is tough for anyone and Boris Diaw is a tough to guard. Give the Bobcats some credit Rick.

Posted by: Jimmy | Mar 29, 2010 11:43:15 AM

we have a better chance against orlando than anybody else. the hawks probably have a better chance of beating us than cleveland. i just think we have a way better chance of beating cleveland in the 2nd round than the first. and i don't think our chances of making the 2nd round are good. logic is....they will be more confident after demolishing chicago or toronto in round one, they'd be more leery in round one.

rick......who's losing the active roster spot now that mohammed is back? i assume henderson?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 29, 2010 3:19:22 PM

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